Pu-erh tea is made from Yunnan large-leaf varietal of Camellia Sinensis. It is typically processed into compressed ca...
"Yue Chen Yue Xiang" means "The Older, the More Aromatic". This is the first thing that I ever learned about Pu-erh tea. In 1996 I went to the candies and tea market behind the Kunhu Fandian in Kunming just north-north-west of railway station. It was here that I first saw Pu-erh tea (and drank some too)
The wet piling (fermentation) level is medium, and the leaf grade is somewhat coarse with leaves ranging from grade 7 to Zao Xiang. "Zao Xiang" is a coarse large leaf pick that has been wet piled to soften it. With age these teas take on a Jujube aroma (Zao Xiang 枣香 means Jujube Aroma).
A new for 2015 production from Menghai Tea Factory (Da Yi Brand). "Sui Yue" means both time and timelessness. It's meant to express continuity flowing around something static. This is meant to the be the ripe counterpart to the "Chu Xin" cake we offer here. The blend is again a tippy ripe blend much like Star of Menghai (勐海之星) or the 0532 blend.
"66 Da Shun" (lit 66 The Big Smooth) is a blend of semi-aged ripe pu-erh tea expertly wet piled by the foremost wet piling operation in the world! Menghai Tea Factory with decades of experience in "wo dui" (wet piling) has perfected the technique.
Another "once in a blue moon" premium production from Da Yi, which was last produced exactly 10 years ago in 2005. The 2005 production and this one are the same recipe, the 2005 production is a modern classic, sought after, and commanding a very high price.
This cake was pressed in 2006, from tea wet piled in 2005. The tea cakes were aged in Guangdong for 10 years and then brought to Kunming. This is a good example of a mature ripe that needs no further aging. It's very thick, sweet and rich in taste and brews up 10+ infusions easily when brewed gong fu style.
What happens when you skillfully blend Wild Purple "Ye Sheng" Raw Pu-erh tea from with wild arbor ripe pu-erh tea from Mengku? You get something delicious, powerful and complex that is the best of both worlds. It has sweetness of a good ripe pu-erh, it has the umami and savory character of wild purple raw tea and the bitterness of both raw and ripe.
Gao Shan Yun Xiang is a premium ripe pu-erh cake from Menghai Tea Factory. There was only batch produced (1501) and it quickly became popular amongst Da Yi collectors due to it's unique taste and powerful aroma. It is said that the blend contains tea from ripe wet piled batches as old as 5 years old, as well is medium-light and medium level of...
This is the one of the highest grade premium ripe tea recipe released by Menghai tea factory! The 0532 recipe ripe cake is composed of an average of Grade 3 ripened tea leaves. The cake is full of small leaves and fermented buds, but balanced with slightly larger leaves to create a rounded flavor.
With this lovely cake we celebrate an age-old tradition of mixing raw and ripe pu-erh tea together to create a harmonious blend worthy of aging. Like the famous "Purple Heaven" bricks and cakes from the 80's and 90's, we have blended ripe and raw Pu-erh tea together.
Ba Ji Pu Bing means "Grade 8 Ripe Cake" and is a blend of fermented Menghai material, pressed lightly to allow for faster post-fermentation. The taste is incredibly smooth with a camphor sweet and spicy finish.
Classic 1974 Ripe Pu-erh recipe! This is an average blend of 5th grade material that was fermented last year, so the cake does not have that just fermented taste, rather it has already mellowed a bit.
Hui Zhi Yun is a new recipe for 2016 from Menghai Tea Factory. Ripe pu-erh leaves aged 1 to 3 years blended together to create a robust taste with some bitterness up front and and sweet nutty after-taste.
"Chen Xiang Ya Yun" means Aged Aroma Elegance! This is a one time recipe from Menghai Tea Factory that is a blend of 5 years and older aged ripe pu-erh tea. This is a good chance to purchase one of Menghai Tea Factory's famous signature ripe pu-erhs with slightly aged feel to it.
Entirely 2015 wet piled ripe pu-erh grown in a un-managed, pesticide free tea garden in Yong De area. This is from the same growing area as our "Green Miracle" cake from 2015. The wet piling was also over-seen by the same tea master as our 2015 production.